Just as the “micromobility” movement was rising, with e-bikes proliferating and helmet-less urban denizens whizzing through downtowns on scooters, covid dealt the nascent phenomenon a stunning blow. Suddenly city offices were empty, streets were devoid of basically any kind of traffic, and fledgling micromobility providers were stressed to survive.
But Kersten Heineke, one of the world’s foremost students of micromobility, believes the pandemic actually changed this young industry for the good and that it still will be the transformative force in global transportation its pioneers envisioned a few years ago. He’s co-leader of the McKinsey Center for Future Mobility at the consulting firm’s office in Frankfurt, Germany.
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